Lifetime Achievement Award Presented To Jerry Ventre, Ph.D.

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L to R: Jane Weissman, IREC CEO/President; Nancy Ventre; Jerry Ventre; Joe Sarubbi, IREC Project Manager


At Solar Power International 2015, IREC presented its first-ever lifetime achievement award to long-time friend and esteemed colleague, Jerry Ventre.

“Jerry’s legacy is embedded in the underpinning of today’s strong national clean energy workforce, a distinguished leader in the solar training community for more than 40 years,” said IREC President/CEO Jane Weissman. “Quite simply, our gains would not be as advanced without Jerry’s leading hand. Today we honor his wisdom and generous willingness to share it, and the large role he has played in moving solar and clean energy from the margins into the mainstream.”

Ventre is a well-published researcher, educator and consultant in photovoltaic systems engineering who specializes in system design, distributed generation and workforce development. He served as director of the Photovoltaics and Distributed Generation Division of the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) for more than 20 years, during which time he also managed the Photovoltaic Southeast Regional Experiment Station for the U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories. Previously, Ventre was technical director of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Space Education and Research Center, and manager of advanced technology at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training. He served on the aerospace engineering faculties of both the University of Cincinnati and UCF, served as an evaluator of engineering programs for ABET, and is a Registered Professional Engineer (FL). He has conducted research for numerous agencies, including Sandia National Laboratories, NREL, ORNL, NSF, U.S. Navy, FAA, and U.S. DOE.

Ventre has served as senior adviser to both IREC and UCF/FSEC for DOE-funded projects, including the Solar Instructor Training Network, and Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED). He also was a member of a National Academies study committee investigating Emerging Workforce Trends in the Energy and Mining Industries.


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